Tag Archives: Chamber music

make music part of your life series: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80


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historic musical bits: Schumann : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44 , Rudolf Serkin / Bush String Quartet (Rec. 1942)


Schumann : Piano Quintet in E flat major, Op. 44

Schubert – “String Quartet in E Major, Op. post. 125 Nr. 1, D-87 (November 1813 ?)- Amadeus String Quartet , great compositions/performances


Schubert –  “String Quartet in E Major, Op. post. 125 Nr. 1, D-87

(November 1813 ?)- Amadeus String Quartet 

Beethoven – Turkish March (arr. for 8 pianos; Larrocha, Bolet, etc.) , great compositions/performances


Beethoven – Turkish March (arr. for 8 pianos; Larrocha, Bolet, etc.)

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 Op.19 in B flat major


Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2 Op.19 in B flat major

Music appreciation series, great compositions/performances, Fritz Kreisler – Schumann Romance in A Major, Op. 94, #2


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Fritz Kreisler – Schumann Romance in A Major, Op. 94, #2

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Marche in C major KV 408/1 (383e)


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Marche in C major KV 408/1 (383e)

Felix Mendelssohn – Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20, (1964) : great compositions/performances


Horowitz plays Schumann Blumenstück (1966 live): great compositions/performances


Horowitz plays Schumann Blumenstück (1966 live)

Bach Harpsichord Concerto D minor BWV 1052 Pierre Hantaï, Le Concert des Nations Jordi Savall: great compositions/performances


Bach Harpsichord Concerto D minor BWV 1052 Pierre Hantaï, Le Concert des Nations Jordi Savall

Tchaikovsky String Quartet Op. 11 – II. Andante cantabile (Kontras Quartet): great compositions/performances


Prazak Quartet & Zemlinsky Quartet : Felix Mendelssohn String octet E-flat major Op. 20: great compositions/performances


Prazak Quartet & Zemlinsky Quartet : Felix Mendelssohn String octet E-flat major Op. 20

A. Dvořák – Carnival, Overture, Op. 92: make music part ofyour life series



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Antonin Dvořák – Carnival, Overture, Op. 92

Orchestra: Konzerthaus Orchester Berlin
Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
Composer: Antonín Leopold Dvořák (1841 – 1904)

make music part of your life series: W. A. Mozart – KV 276 (321b) – Regina coeli in C major


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W. A. Mozart – KV 276 (321b) – Regina coeli in C major

Composed in Salzburg in 1779.

Performers: Arnold Schoenberg Chor; Concentus Musicus, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
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List of compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is a selective list of the works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, listed by genre. The Köchel catalogue contains a complete, chronologically ordered, list.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific composer and wrote in many genres. Perhaps his best-admired work is in opera, the piano concerto and sonata, the symphony, and in the string quartet and string quintet. Mozart also wrote much work for solo piano, other forms of chamber music, masses and other religious music, and numerous dances, divertimentos, and other forms of light entertainment.

 

make music part of your life series: Schubert – Das Forellen Quintett/Trout Quintet D.667 Op114 piano,violin,viola,cello & double-bass


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Schubert:Das Forellen Quintett/Trout Quintet D.667 Op114 piano,violin,viola,cello & double-bass

Franz Schubert: Das Forellen Quintett/Trout Quintet D.667 Opus 114 A Major Juhani Lagerspetz, Sini Simonen, Steven Dann, Franz Ortner, Michael Seifried at the 15th Esbjerg International Chamber Music Festival 2013. 25th August at South Denmark‘s Music Academy, SMKS, Esbjerg http://www.eicmf.dk EICMF is unique in Denmark as it invites artists to collaborate in new constellations, form new relationships, establish a foundation for exchange and annually act as a host for an international community of artists.

Eggner Trio – Schubert Nocturne – Schubertiade Schwarzenberg



Schubertiade Schwarzenberg 2009,
Fr.Schubert: Adagio Es-Dur, op.post.148, D897, Notturno

 

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BIRTHDAY OF MOZART


Birthday of Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was born in Salzburg, Austria, on this day in 1756. His achievements in composing operas, chamber music, symphonies, and piano concerti have earned him a reputation as one of the greatest musical geniuses of all time. Mozart’s birthday is observed by musical societies all over the world, who often give concerts of his music on this day. The city of his birth also honors him at the end of January with Mozart WeekMore… Discuss

 

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Great Composers/Compositions: GEORGE WALKER: “Lyric for Strings” (Original Version)


One of Walker’s best-known early works was “Lyric” for String Orchestra. It was originally the 2nd movement, ‘Molto Adagio,’ of his String Quartet No. 1 (1946), and is performed here in that original version.
The Son Sonora String Quartet: Ashley Horne and Airi Yoshioka, violins;
Liu-Wien Ting, viola; Leo Grinhauz, cello
from Albany TROY1082 (2009)
http://www.albanyrecords.com

Chamber works from this Pulitzer Prize winning composer.
Continuing Albany Records’ series of music by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer George Walker, this recording focuses on his chamber music. The music ranges from his first string quartet composed in 1946 to the piano sonata composed in 1985. Walker is the recipient of six honorary doctoral degrees and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame in 2000.
Contents:
George Walker, composer
String Quartet No. 1
Son Sonora String Quartet
George Walker, composer
String Quartet No. 2
Son Sonora String Quartet
George Walker, composer
Piano Sonata No. 4
Frederick Moyer, piano
George Walker, composer
Songs
James Martin, baritone, George Walker, piano 
Review:
“The piano sonata is a stunning, spacious work. Walker is at his finest in the songs. Each one is a gem. …James Martin’s warm baritone, concise diction, and wide variety of colors are a perfect match for these songs.” (American Record Guide)
“From this CD one would conclude that [George Walker] is versatile, technically adept, and extremely skillful at changing styles…” (Fanfare)

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Felix Mendelssohn – Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49



Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Piano Trio No. 1, Op. 49
in D minor / D-moll / en ré mineur (1839)

Klaviertrio Amsterdam
Klara Würtz, Piano
Joan Berkhemer, Violin
Nadia David, Cello

 

Schubert String Quartet No 14 D minor Death and the Maiden Alban Berg Quartet



Schubert String Quartet No 14 D minor Death and the Maiden

I. Allegro
II. Andante con moto –11:37 
III. Presto – 22:18
IV. Prestissimo 25:50
Composition Year 1826
Genre Categories QuartetsFor 2 violins, viola, cello

The String Quartet No. 14 in D minor, known as Death and the Maiden, by Franz Schubert, is one of the pillars of the chamber music repertoire. Composed in 1824, after the composer suffered through a serious illness and realized that he was dying, it is Schubert’s testament to death. The quartet is named for the theme of the second movement, which Schubert took from a song he wrote in 1817 of the same title; but the theme of death is palpable in all four movements of the quartet.

The quartet was first played in 1826 in a private home, and was not published until 1831, three years after Schubert’s death. Yet, passed over in his lifetime, the quartet has become a staple of the quartet repertoire. It is D. 810 in Otto Erich Deutsch‘s thematic catalog of Schubert’s works.

Original manuscript of Death and the Maiden quartet, from The Mary Flagler Cary Music Collection, Morgan Library, NY

Original manuscript of Lied Death and the Maiden

1823 and 1824 were hard years for Schubert. For much of 1823 he was sick, some scholars believe with an outburst of tertiary stage syphilis, and in May had to be hospitalized.[1] He was broke: he had entered into a disastrous deal with Diabelli to publish a batch of works, and received almost no payment; and his latest attempt at opera, Fierabras, was a flop. In a letter to a friend, he wrote,

“Think of a man whose health can never be restored, and who from sheer despair makes matters worse instead of better. Think, I say, of a man whose brightest hopes have come to nothing, to whom love and friendship are but torture, and whose enthusiasm for the beautiful is fast vanishing; and ask yourself if such a man is not truly unhappy.”[2]
English: Oil painting of Franz Schubert, after...

English: Oil painting of Franz Schubert, after an 1825 watercolor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Franz Schubert in 1825 (painting by Wilhelm August Rieder)

Yet, despite his bad health, poverty and depression, Schubert continued to turn out the tuneful, light and gemütlichmusic that made him the toast of Viennese society: the song cycle Die schöne Müllerin, the octet for string quartet, contrabass, clarinet, horn and bassoon, more than 20 songs, and numerous light pieces for piano.[3

Alban Berg Quartet

 
 
Alban Berg Quartett
Origin ViennaAustria
Genres Classical
Occupations Chamber ensemble
Years active 1971–2008
Labels TeldecEMI
 
Members Günter Pichler (violin)
Gerhard Schulz (violin)
Isabel Charisius (viola)
Valentin Erben (violoncello)
 
Past members Klaus Maetzl (2nd violin, 1971-1978)
Hatto Beyerle (viola, 1971-1981)
Thomas Kakuska (viola, 1981-2005)

The Alban Berg Quartett was a string quartet founded in Vienna, Austria in 1970, named after the famous composer Alban Berg.

Just a Thought: “Let’s learn to appreciate more Chamber Music…beside the full orchestra compositions…So continue to stay tuned for newly posted extraordinary performances…and Thank You!


Just a Thought:  “Let’s learn to appreciate more Chamber Music…beside the full orchestra compositions…So continue to stay tuned for newly posted extraordinary performances…and Thank You!

 

Edvard Grieg, Norwegian Dances op. 35: Allegretto Tranquillo E Grazioso


 

L’orchestre de Chambre Lakeshore Chamber Orchestra,
Stewart Grant, Guest Conductor / Chef d’Orchestre invité,
Canada Day Concert fête du Canada,
Edvard Grieg – Norwegian Dances, op 35 – Allegretto tranquillo e grazioso, Part 2 of 4

One of the most beautiful dance ever composed. I always liked listening to it and hope you will to.